Hotel Intel: Q&A Residential Hotel, NYC

Hotel Intel: Q&A Residential Hotel, NYC

The first hotel by corporate housing company Furnished Quarters, the Q&A Residential Hotel in New York City is a world of juxtapositions. Art meets intellect. Home meets hotel. Dull meets bright. Tradition meets change. Lastly, this tiny hotel resides inside a massive skyscraper. But just because it doesn’t have its own building doesn’t make it any less of a hotel. It has a brand new gym, health center and a rooftop restaurant, you just have to share the facilities with residents. Perfect for meeting locals. While it occupies only a small part of the famed AIG Building, the new Q&A Residential Hotel in NYC definitely leaves a mark. First Impressions Walking through the Art Deco AIG building (aka 70 Pine Street), which was built in 1932 and has become an architectural icon in the decades since, the gilded ceilings and grand staircases lead you believe you’re about to embark on a Gatsby-esque vacation. But as you make your way around the elevators and into Q&A’s sleek lobby, the gold changes to gray and the anti-Art Deco-ness hits you like a ton of bricks. Drastically opposing the historical landmark it calls home, the lobby of the Q&A Residential Hotel (which is within the building’s main lobby) is anything but old-fashioned. Between the Rubik’s cubes, the cubism-inspired pillows and the crowd of tiny sculpted men staring up at you, the lobby inspires the curious mind, perfectly defining its name, which stands for Question & Answer. The Room What Q&A lacks in views—the hotel occupies floors 3 through 6 of the otherwise residential skyscraper—it makes up for in indoor stimulation. As you...
New Year’s Eve Cocktail: Champagne Slushies

New Year’s Eve Cocktail: Champagne Slushies

If welcoming the New Year with champagne is a tradition, shake things up for New Year’s Eve 2016 and try a new way to toast with midnight bubbles. Enter champagne slushies – a slightly sweeter version of traditional champagne brought to you from FreshDirect.com. Happy holidays! What You’ll Need: Champagne Sugar Peach schnapps 2-3 Peaches Ice What to Do: Slice peaches into small sections. Add peaches, an entire bottle of champagne, a few splashes of schnapps, and 1-2 tablespoons of sugar into a blender. Fill the rest with ice. Blend until smooth. Serve into margarita or champagne glasses and serve! If you aren’t a fan of peach, skip the schnapps and fresh peaches. You can substitute your favorite fruits like strawberries, and add a splash of fruit-flavored vodka instead. Add more sugar for added sweetness. Spending New Year’s Eve in NYC? Everyone knows that it doesn’t get better than New Year’s Eve in NYC. If you’re planning on ringing in the New Year in the city, check out some of the best ways to staycation in...
Top 5 Tips for Holiday Travel

Top 5 Tips for Holiday Travel

Don’t lose your holiday cheer when traveling this season. Everyone knows holiday travel is stressful. Instead of getting anxious about an upcoming flight or worrying about what to pack for your time off, here are 5 tips that will make travel this season easier than ever. Prep! Check all of your travel lists–what time your flight leaves, from what airport, where your terminal is and so forth. Waiting until the last minute to check these things wastes time and is a disaster waiting to happen! A packing list is also helpful. Start one and keep it for all of your future trips. You’ll thank yourself later! Streamline Your Packing. If it’s possible, avoid checking a bag. Not only does it get you in and out of the airport quicker, but there’s also no possibility of losing luggage when you’re flying. Packing Presents. If you’re flying this season and bringing presents onboard with you, wait to wrap presents until after you arrive at your destination. TSA may need to check inside a wrapped present, so bring flat sheets of wrapping paper for a luggage-friendly solution. Bring Essentials. Prepare for the worst when traveling. Charge your phone before heading to the airport and bring backup power in case of any delays. Bringing snacks is also smart. This way you won’t have to pay for overpriced airline food. Video Streaming. Start your holiday TV binge watching early. Amazon Prime Video allows you to download free streaming shows to your smartphone or tablet for offline viewing, which really helps pass the time when you have a long flight. Staying in NYC for the...
Do Something! Unique Classes to Take in NYC

Do Something! Unique Classes to Take in NYC

As you’re thinking of your New Year’s resolutions, there’s no better time than now to try something new. New York City offers classes in numerous fields, whether you want to learn how to trapeze, draw comics, whip up a tasty cocktail, or anything in between. Just in time for the New Year, we rounded up several interesting classes to consider taking. These off-the-beaten-path and truly unique classes prove that there’s really something for everybody in New York City. Floral Design Class, New York Botanical Garden Known as the concrete jungle, New York sure does love its flower markets and abundance of highly stylized terrariums. Whether you want to express yourself through a beautiful bouquet of flowers or understand the colors of floral design, learn how to design floral arrangements at the many New York Botanical Garden floral design classes. Cerebral Courses, Brooklyn Institute for Social Research For the intellects-this one is for you. The Brooklyn Institute for Social Research offers classes each season that range from “Plato’s Republic: Power and Happiness” to “Darwin: Genes, Generation, Genealogy.” Welding Class, Michael Daniel Metal Design Want to create something with your hands? Sign up for a welding class where you’ll be introduced to basic welding and metal sculpting techniques. As a bonus, you’ll end the class with a simple project to take home. Weaving Class, Loop of the Loom If you favor fabrics, the Loop of the Loom on the Upper East Side has classes in weaving, clothing, and more. The shop offers classes for adults and children–whether you want to do a single session, a one-month studio pass, or try an...
Best Things To Do In NYC’s Financial District

Best Things To Do In NYC’s Financial District

Q&A Residential Hotel is home to NYC’s Financial District – along with a number of cultural institutions, historic sights, and noteworthy things to do. If you’re one of the many who’s traveling to New York—whether it be for work, leisure, or any other reason—it’s essential to spend some time in the FiDi area. If you’re into cultural learnings and destinations, the first thing you should do is visit the 9/11 Museum, the latest (and perhaps the most popular) addition to Manhattan in recent years. And tied to the area’s financial origins, The Museum of American Finance features exhibits on the financial markets, banking, and a series of timely rotating exhibits. The Financial District is also known for the Skyscraper Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and many other historically rich museums. After you explore the museums of the Financial District, take in the amazing sights of the rea. See Manhattan from the top of One World Trade Center, visit the Statue of Liberty by hopping on a ferry ride, or wave to Brooklyn from South Street Seaport. Sight seeing and playing tourist, although cliché, is a must in the Financial District. You’re most likely going to work up an appetite after a day of strolling around downtown Manhattan. Whether you’re in for a shameless hamburger from Shake Shack or a lobster roll from Luke’s Lobster, restaurants in the Financial District don’t disappoint. Learn More About FiDi! Now that you know some of the key places to visit in the area, here are some of the best Financial District eats. And for a nightcap, here’s a round-up of some must-visit...